Parish Pump Lewes - May 10, 2013


ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Women’s Section. Sunday, a laying up and Dedication of a New Standard will be held in the presence of the County and Branch Standards. Representatives from Sussex County Royal British Legion and Sussex County Women’s Section will be attending. All welcome.

ADVANCE NOTICE: Barcombe Garden Club Plant Sale is on Saturday, May 18, in the village hall from 9am to noon. There will be loads of annuals, some perennials, vegetables and herbs. Please bring a container with you to take your plants home.

BARCOMBE WI: A talk and demonstration by Lauren McLay on All you ever wanted to know about make-up. We will also discuss and vote on the Resolutions for forwarding to National Federation at the AGM in June.

BOWLING NEWS: The season has arrived with mixed results and weather. After two roll-ups the first game was away to Isle of Thorns on Wednesday, April 24. Rink one: John Osmond 9 Ann Duncan 25, Jasmine Osmond 15 Dave Lindsay 17, Shaun Smith 10 Mike Kirk 18. Barcombe lost 34-60. Saturday, May 4, away to The Crouch: Jasmine Osmond 10 P Budd 25, Les Line 19 Sandra Williams 10, John Osmond 18 D Budd 13, Shaun Smith 20 B Ireland 9. Barcombe won 67-57. If there is anyone wishing to play please ring Jasmine on 01273 400806. Sunday, May 5, home to Cross-in-hand: John Osmond 10 Derrick Weston 25, Jas Osmond 12 John Ewart 17, John Blackmore 9 Mary Hough 29, Les Line 10 John Loran16. Barcombe went down 41-87. Wednesday Competition was played as two sections as usual but with fewer entries. The outcome was John Blackmore beating Henry Bunney four shots to one in the final. In the losers’ section Ann Hills won four to three over John Simpson.

CRICKET: Home fixtures for May: Tomorrow, Saturday, first team entertain Bells Yew Green at 1.30pm; May 18, second XI play Bexhill, fourth XI; May 25, first XI home to Mayfield.


FETE: Thanks go to the bonfire society committee for organising a wonderful St George’s Day Fete. There were lots of stalls, fairground rides and a fantastic village atmosphere. Thanks also to all who attended and made the fete such a success as it raised around £1,000.

SOUTHERN AT WAR weekend is tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday at the Bluebell Railway. There will be a Spitfire flypast at Horsted Keynes Station and activities including military vehicle displays, concert party shows, afternoon band concerts, jive dancing wartime food stalls and cinema. For more details call the Information Office on 01825 720800.

CRICKET sees Chailey in a league game away against Dormansland at 1.30pm tomorrow, Saturday, and a friendly against Southwick Wanderers at home, at the sports ground just off the A272, on Sunday at 2pm. For more information about the league and/or friendly team call 01273 890777. Supporters most welcome and refreshments are available.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter’s Church services on Sunday are Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 8am and Parish Communion at 10am. The Revd John Maskell will also be in church on Saturday from 8.30am to 9.30am and everyone is invited to join him in prayers. Transport can be arranged by calling Peter Martin on 01825 722680 or Teresa Wenban on 01825722586. Free Church services this Sunday are at 10.30am with Phil Cole and 6.15pm with Steve Hagger, to include communion. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served after the service. Also on Wednesdays at 10am there is a prayer meeting and Thursdays at 7.30pm bible study and prayer.

MUSEUM: Windmill and Rural Life Museum, just of the A272, will be open Sunday (as it is National Mills Day) from 3pm to 5pm. Although now devoid of most of her machinery the mill houses a rural life museum which contains many photographs which give an interesting insight into the history of Chailey over the past 100 years. For information call John Smith on 01825 723519.

SOUTH DOWN TR Group meet at the Five Bells on Tuesday at 8pm for round one of the 2013 Best Presented Car competition. Please be there promptly if you would like to enter your car for judging.

AGM: Youth Group Annual General Meeting takes place on Wednesday at the Reading Room, at 7.45pm for an 8pm start. This is an opportunity to hear what the group has been doing over the last 12 months and the projections it has for the year ahead. Refreshments will be available.

WALK: Archaeology and Local History Group Walk is on Saturday May 18 on Memorial Common. Meet Linda Ball at the Sports Club car park at 10am, for more details call William Coleman on 01444 831098.

PLANT SALE, organised by the Horticultural Society, is at the Horns Lodge forecourt on Saturday May 18, 10am to midday.

OPEN GARDEN at St Peter and St James Hospice takes place on Saturday May 18 from 1.30pm to 5pm. Do go along and support the hospice gardeners, take a tour of the Woodland Walk, buy plants (kindly donated by South Down Nurseries), books and homemade teas. South Down Nurseries’ plant doctor, Ed Nugent, will be on hand to give advice between 2pm and 4pm. For more details call the Fundraising Department at the Hospice on 01444 471598.

CHAILEY HERITAGE Foundation is pleased to announce that GK’s Café in Futures Life Skills Centre is now open. The new charity centre for young adults with a physical disability is also open, but the cafe is open to the wider community, so if you’re passing on the A272 between Uckfield and Haywards Heath, you’ll receive a warm welcome and a choice from a variety of freshly made baguettes, home-made cakes, freshly ground coffees and more. Stop by for a spot of lunch or a snack and a cappuccino. The initial opening hours are 11am to 2pm.


ST PETER’S Church services for Sunday: Holy Communion 8am; Sunday Club in the church hall, 10.15am; Parish Communion 10.30am followed by coffee in the church hall.

AFTERNOON CLUB: The Monday Afternoon club meets on the second Monday in the month from 2pm to 4pm in St Peter’s Church Hall. All senior citizens are most welcome. If you are not a member but would like to attend, just come to the church hall at 2pm. A highlight of the afternoon is tea with gorgeous cakes. On Monday Helen Park will be Craft Card Making. Lifts are available by ringing Judith 01273 474356 or Caroline 01273 477151.

SUSSEX POLICE CHOIR: Do you love singing? Then go along to the village hall on Tuesday evenings from 7pm. New members always welcome.

N WATCH: We have recently received our N Watch newsletter for May which reports there has been a small increase in the number of burglaries in recent months, and I am sad to say our area has been the target for thefts of garden ornaments. The newsletter gives advice on how to protect your property and warnings regarding bogus callers and rogue traders which we all get from time to time. These pushy people seem to prey on the most vulnerable who are too nervous to report the incidents. If you don’t want people to knock on your door, stick an approved No Cold Callers sign up. You can download one from If you are unable to do this yourself ask a friend or relative to help you. Consumers who need guidance on their consumer rights or want to report a dodgy cold caller to trading standards should call the Citizens Advice consumer service on 08454 04 05 06. Anyone feeling threatened should call the police on 999. There is also a report on the increase in chimney fires recently, probably due to the long spell of cold weather. As well as the usual advice about keeping the chimney regularly swept and flues well maintained etc, the advice in the event of a chimney fire, put a spark guard on and then call 999. You will not be charged for the fire service to attend the fire. Also mentioned is dog fouling which says you are encouraged to report any instances of dog fouling, including bags of discarded dog mess. The local authority will do their best to follow up any reports.

SAVE THE BEES: It damages buildings, overwhelms flower beds and strangles trees, but there may now be a reason for gardeners to value ivy. A study published recently reports as follows: Ivy is now of the most important sources of food for honeybees, scientists have discovered. Ivy provides most of the pollen and nectar they collect during the autumn months, when the insects are trying to build up stores of honey for the winter and feed their young. Honeybee numbers have halved over the past 25 years in Britain. Bumblebees are also suffering. It is thought that growing disease, poor summers and the loss of wild flowers have all contributed to bee colonies collapsing. Bee keepers expect a poor crop this year following last year’s wet summer and the cold winter. Prof Ratnieks says: ‘Bees, butterflies and other flying insects visit the ivy flowers for food in huge numbers.’ He urges gardeners not to rip ivy out when tidying. No wonder I have so many huge bumblebees and other bees here as there is masses of ivy all over the place.

DAFFODILS have been beautiful this year and all the extra ones I planted a year ago have given great pleasure, apart from when I picked some to take indoors. I had a shock as their lovely golden trumpets were full of tiny black insects that got all on the worktop on my clothes and my face, which was very unpleasant to say the least. As they don’t last too long indoors and they are getting past their best, I decided to pick the last bunch to have indoors, but this time I was wary and shook them well beforehand. But alas the joys of the countryside caught up with me again as I must have picked some where a fox had sprayed and had the delightful aroma of fox as I arranged the blooms. The vase had to be banished to the porch and I had to get a shower. I shall be leaving the last joys of spring in the garden.

FAMOUS NAME: In the Courthouse visitors’ book which Derek’s mother started in 1936 are many interesting signatures which include several pages of signatures of the Canadian soldiers billeted nearby during the war, although the book was mainly for those who came to visit the Arab Stud. Recently I was reading an article on how Winston Churchill got his taste for the war. I was amazed to spot a name in the visitors’ book whom I met on several occasions. The first time we met was when my father-in-law asked me to come over to tea and meet Bindon and be sure to bring one of my lovely chocolate cakes as it was Bindon’s weakness. I had no idea who Bindon was and assumed he bred Arab horses. We met on many more occasions when I was invited to join them for lunch. My father-in-law told me that Bindon Blood had a distinguished military background and that was all I knew. He was charming and great fun. We always called him Bindon but after reading the article I realised that he had played a very important part in history. In the article is a picture of Major General Sir Bindon Blood and his staff at Pnjkora Camp in 1897. Young Winston aged 22 was serving with the Lancers in 1897 and on September 12 his camp came under sniper fire. Churchill was having dinner with Major General Sir Bindon Blood when a bullet hummed by overhead. The incident strengthened Churchill’s view that the Mohmands, a local Pashtun tribe, needed to be dealt with. As a young soldier in South Asia, Churchill learnt to fight while writing dispatches for the Telegraph. I have kept the article and placed it near Bindon’s signature in the visitors’ book for future generations to read.


VILLAGE CLEAN UP: There must have been 10 people who came to the organised clean up. It was hard work and took longer than expected, but Middle Street certainly looks clean and free of mud and weeds, there is plenty more to do and another date will be made for another go. Well done all those that turned out.

LISTENING to Radio 4 (I’m an addict) I heard someone talking about the Ginkgo Tree, saying that it was a living fossil going back to 270 million years. We have a fine specimen in Falmer on the north side, at the end of Park Street leading into the woods; look high on the left hand side. It stands tall and statuesque and at the moment the leaves are not quite out.

EXHIBITION: We have said farewell to the art exhibition in St Laurence Church. The He is Risen exhibition has been an outstanding success with over 600 visitors coming through the doors. The service, led by Jeff Lake to close the exhibition, was very thoughtful and moving, Jeff called it the stations of the resurrection and led us round the church with readings and poems. Congratulations and thanks should go to Sue Barnes who organised the event and brought in exhibitors from all over East Sussex and London.

CONCERT: Sue mentioned the concert tomorrow, Saturday, and there will be another concert on Saturday May 18. The Pastores Ensemble present In Nomine St Laurence. This early music ensemble returns with a new programme for 2013. Both concerts are at 5.30pm entrance is free with a retiring collection.

IT WAS GOOD to see the Gough family who moved away from Falmer in St Laurence on Sunday with their daughter. Jane was married in St Laurence Church 25 years ago, congratulations Jane.

THE BIRDS all around are really lively, nesting and singing their hearts out. Just as I went to walk over the footbridge over the A27 I could hear cheeping in the ducts of the bridge, they must have been able to get into the structure from the underside, noisy but safe.


OVER 50S: On Wednesday May 22 we are off to Merriments near Hurst Green to see their Gardens. (To those who thought we were going to Nymans I am sorry to say they could not accommodate us so went to second choice). We leave Firle/Glynde at 11am. The cost of entry and the coach is members £21 and non members £25. We also have booked a tour of Shoreham Airport on Tuesday July 9 again leaving at 11am. To book your tickets ring 07933766896. Non members always welcome or if you would like to come to one of our meetings our next one is on Monday May 20 at 2pm at the Stables in the Ram.

CRICKET: Tomorrow, Saturday, the first XI will be away to Chiddingly and the second XI are at home to Buxted Park, both matches start at 1.30pm. Firle Falcons At Firle Cricket Club, we appreciate children are not only the future of cricket, but also that regular exercise and team sport is important to the healthy development of children. We reach out to the local community and actively encourage boys and girls to join our club. We run different, age-divided teams (two under 11 teams, hard ball and soft ball, an under 12 team and an under 13 team) with supervised training from respected coaches. For more information go to or talk to the team at home matches.


CONCERT: Seaford Silver Band will be performing a concert at Kingston Church on Saturday evening, May 18, at 7.30pm. They will be playing a wide ranging repertoire of music, including Marches, arrangements of classical themes, compilations of music from the shows and films and modern pieces written specifically for brass bands. Come and listen to delightful music in the peaceful surrounds of Kingston Church and the surrounding countryside. Wine and nibbles will be served at the interval. Tickets at £7.50 available from Hugh Bailey (478213), Brenda Neller (472720) or Jennie Yates (473264). All proceeds from the evening will be for Kingston Church.


HISTORY SOCIETY: On Monday at 7.30pm in the King’s Church building, Brooks Road there will be a talk by Sue Berry on The Duke of Newcastle and his Political Allies. For five decades in the 18th century Thomas Pelham-Holles, Duke of Newcastle, used his family estates in Halland and Bishopstone to dominate the political scene in Sussex, and especially the borough of Lewes. Sue Berry looks at the way in which the Duke, his allies amongst the local gentry and his interest operated, and how they used their property and other means of influence. All welcome. Small entry charge on the door. Visit

COFFEE MORNING tomorrow, Saturday, 10am to noon at Cliffe Church Hall (behind church). Cakes, preserves, tombola and more. Proceeds to South Street Bonfire Society.

FOOTPATHS GROUP: On a calm sunny day last Wednesday, 17 of us set off from Newhaven Town Centre Bus Stop and soon found our way on to a path running along the West bank of the river Ouse, passing the huge waste incinerator. As we headed towards Piddinghoe we saw men collecting what were probably shellfish from the river bank. Before reaching the village we passed the church and a lake with many yachts moored there. Having crossed the C7 Lewes to Newhaven Road we then headed south westwards up out of the river valley up on to the Downs. From here there were glorious views eastwards all the way to Seaford Head with the sea beyond. Our route then took us southwards along a ridge through open country to the eastern edge of Peacehaven and the A259 Coastal Road. It was then a short distance to the coast where we stopped for a picnic lunch looking out over still waters. Suitably refreshed, we turned eastwards along the coast through Peacehaven Heights and Harbour Heights before reaching Harbour Hill. At this point we had spectacular views of Newhaven Harbour and the coast along to Seaford. Finally descending into the town we completed our very enjoyable walk through West Quay. The walk was led by Jill and Graham. The next walk is on Tuesday, Bexhill to Battle. Meet at Lewes Railway Station in good time to catch the 9.54am train to Bexhill. There is a group meeting on Wednesday, How Green was my Greenland, an illustrated talk by Graham Albon about this little known country. Cliffe Church Hall at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome.


SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL was very pleased to meet the new (acting) Vicar, Jeremy Bamber, and looks forward to building on their positive relationship with South Malling Church. Jeremy will join the governing body at the end of this year and the team from Southover Church will provide support for assemblies. The parents’ forum was well attended last Friday. Various issues were discussed including how school reports on children’s progress at the end of the year are best done, catch up club, punctuality and the need for sun safety awareness now the sun has finally come out. On Tuesday a group of Year 3 and 4 children took part in the Southdowns Tennis Festival and enjoyed a sun-filled morning showing off their skills. Children and staff enjoyed a Bookfair on Thursday ( May 9). The children had an opportunity to buy many exciting titles at discounted prices. Any commission on the sales went to the school fund. Once again the school’s acclaimed and enthusiastic choir have got a place in the Hastings Choir competition and will be performing at the White Rock Theatre on Friday May 17. We wish them good luck for the event. And today (Friday) the school will welcome other church schools in the Lewes area to talk to members of the Chichester Diocesan Board of Education about strengthening the way they work together and with other local county schools.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH welcomed its Assistant Acting Vicar, Revd Jeremy Bamber, and his wife Fiona to take his first communion service at this lovely parish church whose foundations go back to Saxon times. Jeremy has been seconded from Southover church (where he still continues to work as well) to help guide South Malling through the period between licensed appointments, known as an interregnum. It was a very relaxed and happy service focussed on New Opportunities, Same God at the opening of a new chapter in the church’s long history. Children took part in the organised Children’s Club as usual. On Sunday, there will be a Family Service at 9.30am led by the children’s team with Revd Steve Daughtery giving the talk. All are welcome to what looks like being a very jolly service with children and adults all in together. Thursday is Ascension Day and there will be a joint service at St John sub Castro at 7.30pm. Next week is Christian Aid Week. Please give generously to support this organisation which works across faiths and across the world, helping poorer countries to develop sustainable health and welfare programmes and tackle poverty.


THE LIBRARY will be visiting the following areas this week. Tuesday: Dumbrell’s Court, Ditchling 10.40am to 11.10am; The Fountain car park, Plumpton 11.30am to noon; Old School lay-by, Plumpton 12.10pm to 12.40pm; Grantham Close, Chailey 2pm to 2.30pm; Little Mead, Cooksbridge 2.45pm to 3.15pm; Delves House, Delves Close, Ringmer 3.40pm to 4pm. Thursday: Opposite the Post Office, Firle 9.30am to 10am; Weald View, Barcombe 10.30am to 11am; Mill Lane, Chailey 11.15am to 11.35pm; Markstakes Corner, Chailey 11.45am to 12.10pm; South Rough, Newick 1.15pm to 1.45pm; Oldaker, Newick 1.50pm to 2.20pm.


MY BLOG: My reference last week about the shoe hut in Nevill Road produced an email from an ex Nevill resident who now lives in Seaford who tells me the shoemaker’s name was Joe Chaisson, a French Canadian who is now in his 90s living in back in Canada. They had a daughter Helen who still lives around this area.

CHRIST CHURCH: Today, Friday, is our Friendship Lunch between noon and 1.15pm. Do drop in for a lunch consisting of soup, ploughman’s and dessert for just £2.Worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev John Gordon and will include Holy Communion. After this we are planning a church walk. Sunday is the start of Christian Aid week and we will be joining with other churches for a service at St Anne’s Church at 6.30pm. During the week we will be collecting in the roads around our church so do look out for us. On Wednesday our Little Fishes group will be meeting between 9.30am and 11am. This is a group for pre school children and their carers and as well as play activities there will be a short act of worship. A warm welcome awaits you at Christ Church.

AGM: Nevill Residents’ Association’s AGM will be held in St Mary’s Church Hall, Highdown Road on May 20 at 8pm. The agenda will include a presentation and debate about drainage on the Nevill and the flood management scheme with representatives from ESCC and LDC, and the latest news from Colin Reynolds on saving St Mary’s Social Centre. Our meetings are for all Nevill residents. Please come along.

WALLANDS SCHOOL: Thirteen Yr 6 children took on the challenge of competing in a triathlon which for some was their first ever triathlon. The children were timed for their individual races, half mile run, bike ride and six laps of the pool but not for their transition between events. Mrs Taylor reported that all of the children were very enthusiastic and clearly were all determined to attempt their best and enjoy the experience. Congratulations to Mark Jackson who finished third and to Heather Mitchell the first girl to finish. Overall, as a team, I’m pleased to say Wallands finished second. The children had lots of parental support which was lovely; well done to all. On Wednesday evening the annual Lewes dance festival was held at Priory. This year Wallands dancers were a mixture of Yr 4 and Yr 5. They had worked hard to create a dance with Mrs Taylor based on the theme The Community; community starts at home and the heart of each family’s community is their own house. The children’s dance was based on this concept. Mrs Taylor reported that both of the children’s performances went extremely well and that they were a credit to the school. Congratulations to all involved.

JUMBLE SALE: Nevill Bonfire Society will be holding a jumble sale at the Ringmer Village Hall on Saturday May 18.

ST ANNE’S CHURCH: At the annual Parishioners’ Meeting on April 28, Jacqueline Bishop and Elizabeth Mandeville were re-elected as churchwardens. On Sunday the service to mark the start of Christian Aid Week will be held at 6.30pm at St Anne’s. The service will be led by Canon Martin Sheppard.


DRAMA: Newick Amateur Dramatic Society are busy with their performances this week, until May 11, in the village hall, curtain up 8pm. You will certainly enjoy Our Man in Havana.

THE COUNTRY MARKET will be open today, Friday, in the village hall from 10am to 11am. There should be summer bedding plants plus summer vegetables available amongst many other tempting goodies.

THE CRICKET CLUB are now in full swing with the league fixture this weekend: First team are away to Plumpton and East Chiltington; second team are playing at home against Herstmonceux; third team are playing away at Heathfield Park; fourth team are playing Hailsham IV at Temple Grove ground. All these matches will commence at 1.30pm. On Sunday there will be a home fixture against Gully Cricketers. This game will commence at 2pm.

SUNDAY SERVICES at St Mary’s Church are Holy Communion at 8am followed by Morning Communion services at 10.30am. Lifts to church are available, please book in advance 722582.

OPEN GARDEN: Sutton Hall gardens will be open from 1pm till 5pm on Sunday. Picnic lunches will be available plus teas and cakes. There will also be a plant sale and you can enjoy lovely walks in a splendid garden. There will be plenty of amusements for young children. Entrance £5, children under 12 years free. All the proceeds from this event will go towards the church fabric fund, Newick Football Club and the Reading Room. You will certainly have a lovely afternoon in the warm sunshine.


WHO CARES? This year the parish council organised a less formal annual parish meeting so that residents could see what is going on in the village through a number of displays on council work and village activities. Residents also had the opportunity to ask questions and to make comments and suggestions. The displays opened at 5pm and a formal report was given by the chairman at 7.30pm. Well, the Apathy Society must have mounted a concerted effort and lured everyone to its meeting that it forgot to hold on the same day. At the time the report was presented there were 35 people in the village hall and this included six councillors and all those who had mounted the various displays. There were but a few people who had popped in earlier. Not bad from a population of around 1,500 was it?

OPEN DAY: Plumpton College will hold its annual open day tomorrow (Saturday) with masses for the whole family to see, watch and take part in. It is a great day out with plenty of entertainment and interesting things to see and do. It runs from 10am to 5pm and there will be a Flower Festival in the adjacent St Michael’s church both on Saturday and Sunday.

LADIES’ DAY: Sunday will herald one of the most popular race meetings of the year at Plumpton. It will be Ladies’ Day with a chance for the ladies to don their finery and both look and feel good, which is great for the morale, too. There will also be fashion competitions for them, children and even the fellas to enter with some great prizes. There will be lots of things going on for family entertainment including a funfair and, it goes without saying, there will be some fine racing plus a pony race. If the weather is good then there will be plenty of space to picnic centre course. Gates open at 11.30am and the racing gets underway at 2pm. This will be the final meeting of the season.

THAI SILK: The title of the lecture for the Newick Branch of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies on Tuesday will be Legend and Lustre, delivered by Denise Heywood and it will include anecdotes from the life of Jim Thompson, the founder of the Thai Silk Company that provided the material for costumes in The King and I. It will be held in Plumpton village hall at 2.15pm and will be open to non-members on payment of £5 to include tea and biscuits as well as an opportunity to chat to the speaker and other members of the audience. The time to learn about Thai silks and enjoy their jewel like shimmering colours and beautiful designs. The lectures arranged by this group are always very, very popular and well attended.

PARISH COUNCIL: Plumpton Parish Council will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday in the committee room at the village hall at 7.30pm. The meeting will be open to the public. Officers will be elected and committees appointed for the ensuing year.

FOREST WALK: The Footpath Society will stage a five to six mile circular walk round Ashdown Forest tomorrow (Saturday). To join in meet at 10am at Fairwarp church car park (TQ466 268) or to find out more ring 01825 763923.

LADIES’ DAY TWO: On Thursday it will be Ladies’ Day at Plumpton Tennis Club that will involve regional clubs and some competitive play. Apart from the exciting tennis there will be plenty of opportunity to chat to others from all over the county. If you want more information ring 01273 890002.

OPEN GARDEN: On Sunday next week (19 May) the garden will be open at the Old Mill House, Plumpton Lane between 2 and 6pm to raise funds for St Peter and St James Hospice. Apart from the gardens there will be the opportunity to visit the working watermill and buy products from it. Admission costs £7.50 (under 16s £2.50) to include afternoon tea. Tickets are available in advance from the village shop or ring 01273 891725. Usually a very popular event.

MEDICAL APPOINTMENT? If you need to get to the doctor, dentist, hospital or other medical centre, do not forget that Plumpton Voluntary Driving Scheme is at your disposal with a door to door service at very moderate cost. Simply ring 07855 213947 in advance to book. Please give several days’ notice. This is a non-profit making group manned solely by volunteers and it provides a friendly and reliable service to get you to the doctor, or whoever, and back with no fuss or bother and at an affordable price.

JOSEPH’S COMING: Yes, he and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be in Plumpton village hall on May 23, 24 and 25 courtesy of the Youth Group of Burgess Hill Musical Theatre Society. This fabulous musical from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber is an absolute must. On all three days there will be a performance at 7.30pm and on Saturday there will also be a matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets at £10 adults, £9 concessions and £6 children are available via or 01273 890347. You have been alerted, so do not miss it or you may well regret it.


FOOTBALL CLUB: The season is now over for the Ringmer first and second teams but there is still a game at The Caburn next week when the club hosts the Reserve Section Cup Final on Tuesday, between Eastbourne United and Hassocks with a 7.30pm kick off. On the social side, tonight, Friday, in the bar from 7.30pm the ska/soul/funk band Fat Belly Jones performs. There is no charge for this event and non-members are welcome to attend. Next Friday night there is a Race Night being organised by the Veterans Team in aid of Ian Linstrem. Finally, tickets are going fast for the Hailsham Theatre’s cabaret evening A Cabaret of Two Halves which is on June 21 and 22. Tickets are available during club opening times and are priced at £8 adults and £6 for under 16s and OAPs.

LADIES PAMPER Evening at Ringmer Primary School tonight, Friday, from 6.30pm to 10pm. Admission on the door is £6 which includes a free glass of wine or soft drink.

QUIZ EVENING at Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form tonight, Friday, from 7pm to 9.30pm.

OPEN MORNING: If you are thinking of taking up bowls why not go along to the bowls clubhouse tomorrow, Saturday, morning when an Open Morning is being held from 10am to noon. The club are looking for new members. Bowls will be provided for you to have a go and the only stipulation is that you wear flat soled shoes. Refreshments will be provided. If you cannot manage tomorrow then an Open Evening is being held on Tuesday, from 6pm onwards. The result of the matches played last week were: Ringmer v Southwick Park 64-63, Ringmer v Colmans Hatch 115-38 and Ringmer v Royal Sovereign 91-44. On Sunday the Inter Club Mower Cup was held with twelve pairs taking part. The weather was good and the winners were R Berry and A Hardy.

CATS PROTECTION are having a flag day in Ringmer tomorrow, Saturday, when collectors will be in the shopping precinct. When adult cats are rehomed from this charity they are neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed and flead. As a lot of cats come to the charity without having had anything done this results in high vet bills so all contributions will be gratefully received.

PLANT SALE at the Vicarage garden tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 4pm. Donations of plants would be most welcome and can be taken to the Vicarage this evening, Friday.

DRAMATIC SOCIETY: It is hoped that there will be a good turnout of members and others who might be interested when a reading takes place in the St Mary’s Room of the village hall on Tuesday, of Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters which has been adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs. The story is a spoof on Macbeth which tells how three witches saved a nation from the clutches of the ghastly Duke and Lady Felmet. There are quite a few characters in this play which the society are proposing to put on in November, 2013 to be directed by Graham Stapley. The play reading will commence at 7.30pm and auditions will be held on Thursday May 23 in the Symons Hall again at 7.30pm. If you might be interested in taking part but neither of these dates suit you please get in touch with Graham on 01273 812976 or e-mail him on gstapley@btinternet

BRIDGE CLUB: The result of the duplicate pairs played on May 1 was: 1, Jenny Charman and Michael Slot; 2, Pam Brook and John Weston; 3, Alan Grindley and Barrie Smith. The club next meets on Wednesday in the village hall. Contact for the club: 01273 814220.


WATER: Not having water for almost a day recently, it made me appreciate how lucky we are to have water at the turn of a tap. Villagers turn up trumps on these occasions. The pub phoned me to say that water in bottles (courtesy water supplied and managed by Water Direct) was being delivered to the pub and several villagers kindly carried some over to me. When you know families in other countries have to walk miles to get water, and then carry it back we must appreciate how lucky we are.

MORE CRASHES on the C7 last week and the road was, I hear from our postman, closed for many hours on Thursday when a motorcyclist was hurt. Then there was a five car pile up near Piddinghoe a day later, plus another minor one nearer Newhaven in the same week. This is not a road for speeding on as it has too many blind junctions and bends.

CATS: Our rampant pheasant seems to have left us for the moment but we now have more cats appearing. Two are Siamese, one is a very young one who I fear won’t live long if it keeps hopping across the C7, and the other is a darker older looking one. The young one is so cute and interesting to watch but I hope they all keep clear of our nesting birds and their young. Sadly we’ve had to inform several owners about cat deaths as when they get hit on the road they crawl into our garden or field to die. We’ve also had to bury a few as we couldn’t find who owned them. Our own beloved cat died many years ago hit by the milk lorry when he rushed home to greet us on our return from holiday. I love cats but cannot bear the thought of another getting killed in the road.

THE LOVELY WEATHER has been much appreciated by everyone and people seemed to enjoy the great outdoors at the Bank Holiday. Our pub was so busy at the weekend especially on Bank Holiday Monday when they held a May Day Sussex Spring Sing. It was hosted by villager Elle Osbourne and friends and I thoroughly enjoyed sitting in my garden listening to the wonderful music from the pub garden. I also went over for a short time in the evening. It was a great event and the pub was packed.

AGM: On Monday, Rodmell Parish Council AGM in the village hall at 8pm. All welcome.

SADLY Rodmell Scottish Country Dancing which has been in existence for the past 17 and a half years has had to close due to increasing age of the members and associated aches and pains, old age not to be recommended. Michael Isitt and his wife Christine state that it has been a long and happy experience and perhaps younger Rodmellians might like to revive it at some time in the future. Michael would be happy to pass on free of charge whatever tapes/CDs and other equipment they may require.